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Poffenbarger, Barnum lead Hogs to dominating win over Mizzoi

Pair of Hogs combine with strong defensive effort in another win on the road as hot start continues.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — Arkansas (16-3, 3-1 SEC) dominated at Missouri (14-3, 3-1 SEC), 77-55, to earn their eighth straight win against the Tigers.

The Razorbacks held Missouri to 29 percent shooting (18-of-62) and a season-low 55 points.

In the win, Saylor Poffenbarger paced the Hogs with a career-high 24 points, while Erynn Barnum also tallied 21 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.

Chrissy Carr, who finished with 16 points, made timely 3-pointers down the stretch. Arkansas is now 3-1 in SEC play, its best start in league play since 2005-06.

Mizzou got off to a little bit more of a better start offensively than Arkansas, as the Tigers held the 8-4 edge at the media timeout.

After a three-minute scoring drought, Barnum came up with a layup and Jersey Wolfenbarger came off the bench to deliver one of her own. Mizzou ended the quarter in a four-minute scoring drought, while the Hogs were held off the scoreboard for over three minutes, as the Tigers led 9-8 after one quarter.

Poffenbarger pulled the Razorbacks ahead for the first time of the game with a tough layup. Barnum followed with another hard-fought layup, and Arkansas led 12-9 with 8:27 left in the second quarter while Mizzou was shooting 9%, 2-for-23, from the field.

While still holding Mizzou scoreless for 11 minutes and some change, the Hogs took advantage, as a Carr 3-pointer, their first triple of the day, pulled the Razorbacks ahead 17-9 with 5:30 left in the first half.

The Razorbacks were ahead 19-9, but Mizzou broke its 11-minute scoring drought with a layup. Arkansas didn’t put their foot off the gas, as Poffenbarger drained a 3-pointer. Mizzou got rolling offensively to score 13 points in the final three minutes of the quarter. Following a Tiger second-chance layup with five seconds left to inch the Tigers within six, Rylee Langerman hit a triple and the Razorbacks pulled ahead 31-22 going into the locker room.

Mizzou got rolling first with a layup off a steal, but Poffenbarger and Makayla Daniels answered with 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions.

Another tough layup by Poffenbarger put the Razorbacks ahead 41-27 with seven minutes and some change remaining in the quarter. The Tigers were held in a scoring drought for two minutes, but following a Mizzou layup, the Razorbacks had the 43-29 advantage at the media timeout.

Out of the break, Arkansas was held scoreless for three minutes, but Barnum got the team out of the hole with a nice layup. Mizzou scored five straight points, but a Carr jumper sent Arkansas to the final quarter up, 49-38.

The Razorbacks began the quarter on a 7-2 run, which was initiated by a second-chance layup by Barnum and capped off by a Carr triple.

Following an and-1 by Poffenbarger, the Razorbacks were ahead by 22 with five minutes and some change left in the game. Missouri responded with a triple, as Arkansas led 68-47 with 4:45 remaining in the contest. Arkansas outscored Missouri 9-5 in the next four minutes and with a Poffenbarger free throw, the Razorbacks took their largest win of the day with 25 points. Missouri nailed a 3-pointer on their final possession, and Arkansas cruised to a 77-55 victory.

Game Highlights

• Poffenbarger earned a career-high 24 points off 8-of-16 shooting from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line. She added six rebounds and a block to her stats. Her most impressive performance was her defensive effort against the Tigers’ leading scorer, Haley Troup, who was held to five points off 2-of-10 shooting

• Barnum logged 21 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season, first since the season-opener at Arkansas – Pine Bluff. She also logged two assists, as well as a block and steal

• Carr finished with 16 points, 4-of-6 from 3-point. She had four rebounds as well

• Daniels finished with nine points, five rebounds and two assists

• Samara Spencer pulled down a career-high nine rebounds, all on the defensive side, as well as six assists

• Arkansas shot 46.8 percent (29-of-62) from the field and 33.3 percent (8-of-24) from beyond the arc. The Razorbacks were locked in on defense by holding the Tigers to 29 percent from the field (18-of-62)

• The Razorbacks ou-trebounded Missouri, 45-37

• Arkansas tallied 40 of its points in the paint

• The program is off to its best start in SEC play since 2005-06

Next Game

Arkansas has eight days off from game action before the Razorbacks host Vanderbilt on Monday, Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Day, at 6 p.m.

The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network at Bud Walton Arena.

Information from Arkansas Communications is included in this story.

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